I realized… ohhhh, probably last Friday… that I have a 10K at the end of this month, so it might behoove me to get out on the trail sometime really soon. Mind you, I haven’t been sitting on my posterior this whole entire time… last week just so happened to have been filled with rainy days, so I kept my posterior inside on the treadmill. Do you have any idea just how non-exciting writing about treadmill runs really is? Not to the mention the pictures you would get:
Borrrrring. Yeah, that’s what the treadmill does for you… zaps all your creativity while you suffer endless minutes of mind-numbing drudgery. But it has to be done, what can I say.
However, we got a break in the rain today, so out I went on the trail for a 5K. And I saw this:
Leaves on the ground! Yes, I do believe autumn has begun here in the Pacific Northwest, if for no other reason than the week of rain we happened to have. September is actually still supposed to be sunny here, with the rainy season not really starting until mid-to-late October, but things may be different this year… we’ll see. I may not get my chance to go for the 50-mile bike ride to which I had given some serious thought. Again… I guess we’ll see. I do need to go tackle that dreadful hill though before winter just so I can get past it (and then probably follow that up with saying “never again”).
I have to give a shout-out to the man in the above picture, in the orange shirt, bless him. He’s probably 70 to 80 years old, and I see him out running every single day, just shuffling along. Sometimes alone. Sometimes with his daughter. Every. Single. Day. He impresses the hell out of me.
I would also like to give a shout-out to a blogger friend, “Lucy” from Losing Anonymously. I started following her last year as she began on her healthy journey to lose weight and get in shape. In that time, she lost 74 pounds and became a runner. Today she completed her very first half-marathon, with a damn good time, I might add. I am just thrilled for her. She is proof-positive that with hard work and determination, one can achieve their goals. Never give up… she never did. She had personal challenges that she had to overcome, but she never quit. She is truly an amazing person and such an inspiration. Well done, “Lucy,” well done!!
‘Cause sometimes you just feel tired, you feel weak
And when you feel weak you feel like you want to just give up
But you gotta search within you, you gotta find that inner strength
And just pull that shit out of you and get that motivation to not give up
And not be a quitter, no matter how bad you want to just fall flat on your face and collapse.
–Eminem, “Till I Collapse”